Whistleblowers in Connecticut and the rest of the country can file qui tam actions against an employer if their employers have committed acts of fraud against the government. The reluctance many employees may feel to provide information about acts of fraud tends to hinge on the fear of retaliation that the employers may take against them. However, as whistleblowers, these employees are afforded some legal protections.
Some people in New York worry about the potential for their subway cars to derail when they go on elevated tracks. In the city, approximately 33 percent of the subway stops are located on elevated tracks. While it is possible for metro cars to derail, it is less likely than for trains that run on the ground.
Workers in Connecticut may be interested in learning that the United States Supreme Court has added to its docket for next term a case that partly pertains to the Federal Employees Liability Act, or FELA. The issue that has to be decided in the case is whether the payments made by a railway company, which was mandated by the court to pay an employee for time taken away from work, are to be assessed employment taxes according to the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, or RRTA.
Anyone in Connecticut who works on railroads should know which company is the safest. According to data from the Federal Railroad Administration, it appears that Union Pacific is the safest of the seven U.S. Class 1 railroads. In fact, Union Pacific has been considered the top railroad for employee safety for three years in a row.
In April 2016, people across Connecticut and the United State were shocked when an Amtrak train traveling at high speeds southbound in Philadelphia slammed into construction equipment on the tracks, leaving two track workers dead and more than 39 people wounded. The National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, recommended that Amtrak needed to slow its trains down when traveling past construction zones. The passenger train service reportedly failed to heed the advice and didn't respond to the safety recommendations.
Railroad workers face a variety of dangers on the job. The heavy machinery, the trains and whatever they carry present unique risks. It’s a labor-intensive job and it’s common for workers to be injured on the job. While injuries may be a part of the job, it’s up to employers to do everything they can to prevent them.